ALERTS: VFP 9/11 @ Ryan’s
WILLIAMSON – Bernie Sanders; COLLINSON – Where can Joe beat Hillary?
LEADS: PLOTT & JOHNSON – Carly; SIMON – Iran deal; CADDELL & SCHOEN – Schumer saves the Dems; ALLEN – Koch blasts BO; KRUISER – Keeping Donald off the ballot; RCP – Trump vs. Ramos.
THE HILLARY: MUKASEY – She broke the law.
PA: STAUB – PA budget stalemate; ADDY – The wait goes on.
END NOTES: MARK LEVIN – 8/25/15.
PATRIOTS, PLEASE JOIN US TO KICK OFF OUR NEW SEASON!
Fri. Sept. 11, 2015
233 Bridge St. Phoenixville, Pa.
Oath Keepers, a national group with local chapters, will provide a speaker. We want to learn more about what they do, what their mission is, and get some insight into emergency preparation. You may have heard that Oath Keepers were in Ferguson during the recent turmoil to support the local police. We are waiting for confirmation regarding a speaker. Please stay tuned for more information.
VFP will also be doing another post card blitz to oppose the Iran Deal. We will provide post cards, stamps and talking points. The cards you write will be sent to key targets to lobby against the bad “Deal” where Iran gets billions from the U.S., dropped sanctions, unknown side deals and they get to keep their centrifuges. Even Chuck Schumer is against it.
PLEASE NOTE, SAVE THE DATE – VFP along with Faith & Freedom Coalition Penna. Chapter, and perhaps other local groups, will hold a prayer rally on September 12, the day after our monthly meeting on 9-11. Speakers and members will be praying for our Country and for our leaders to bring us back to the foundational principles of our founding. We are working to secure location but one good option is Valley Forge Park. More information will be forthcoming. Please spread the word through your churches, friends, and organizations.
As you can see, we are starting off our new season with a “bang”. We want and need your help and participation to make things work.
“We’re proud of Carly’s debate performance. We’re excited that grassroots voters around the country want to hear more from her. It will be interesting to see if CNN has no qualms excluding someone who is polling in the top 5 in Iowa and New Hampshire, in second place in multiple states, and well within the top 10 nationally. And it will be disappointing if Reince Priebus and the Republican establishment stand by and let a TV network keep Carly off the main stage . . . again.” Plott & Johnson http://www.nationalreview.com/article/423081/carly-cnn-old-polls
Stephen Collinson, CNN: “Who would vote for Joe Biden?”
“Washington (CNN) Joe Biden faces a host of complicated questions in deciding whether to run for president. But in the end, his decision could rest on a very simple one.
“As he mulls one last bid for the White House, Biden is working through an MRI of the soul, filtering his undimmed dreams of the presidency and gnawing grief for his son Beau, who before he died reportedly urged him to run.
“He must ask whether his age — he would be 74 when he took office — would permit a long, grueling campaign, not to mention a subsequent presidency, and ponder the strains of a race on his family, which has endured more pain than most could bear.
“But even if he conquers those concerns — and can shed an image of sometimes being a gaffe machine — Biden has to ponder something more basic: Where can he beat Hillary Clinton?
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “There Is (Still) No Alternative” “Nicolás Maduro is the heir to Hugo Chávez, who was after Fidel Castro the tin-pot dictator most beloved of Democrats in Hollywood and Washington alike, and his government is in the full, mature stage of socialism, which means that opposition leaders are being locked up and forbidden to contest elections.
“The New York Times tells the tale of Enzo Scarano, formerly the mayor of San Diego, a fast-growing city west of Caracas. There were protests against the Maduro regime in San Diego, and so the mayor was stripped of his office and thrown in jail for nearly a year. Now, he wants to run for national office, but has been disqualified by the Maduro government. Other prominent opposition figures are being treated the same way.
“When Senator Bernie Sanders describes himself as a socialist and his critics point queasily to such socialist experiments as those in Cuba and North Korea, the response is always predictably the same: No, no: democratic socialism. But of course Boss Hugo advanced through the democratic process (when he wasn’t attempting coups d’état) and Maduro’s rule was confirmed in a special election. Perhaps he even legitimately won that election; regardless, he is stacking the deck this time around by ensuring that those who might challenge him are sitting on the sidelines or languishing in prison.
“There is more to democratic legitimacy than open ballots truly counted. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/423011/venezuela-nicolas-maduro-socialism-economics
LEADS . . .
Eliana Plott & Eliana Johnson, NRO: “Carly Rips CNN Debate Criteria, Calls on RNC to Intervene”
“Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign is weighing in for the first time on CNN’s criteria for including candidates in the second presidential debate — slamming the network for its reliance on old polls, blasting the “political establishment,” and calling on the Republican National Committee to intervene on the campaign’s behalf. In a memo set to be released on Wednesday morning, an advance copy of which was obtained by National Review, Fiorina’s deputy campaign manager, Sarah Isgur Flores, hammers the network for its reliance on polling conducted prior to the first debate, in which she is widely perceived to have dominated the “undercard” event. “It’s a simple question: Will we have a fair debate process or will the political establishment keep ignoring grassroots Republicans?” she asks. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/423081/carly-cnn-old-polls
Roger Simon, PJM: “Amsterdam Diary: The Iran Deal Seen from the Jewish Museum”
“. . . I couldn’t take my mind off the current Iran deal, marveling that contemporary American Jews (or anybody half awake, for that matter) could support such an absurdity. Many of them, of course, have not studied the details, have no idea what’s really in the agreement and don’t want to know. They believe such asinine arguments as “it’s the best deal we could get” or “it’s the deal or war.” But if you ask them what the deal is, they can’t even begin to tell you. (Trust me — I’ve tried.) It’s too inconvenient for them, too disturbing to confront the reality they may have made a mistake in their support of Saint Obama. It would be highly disruptive to their lives. To say the least, these people are not likely to form the cadres of the next Resistance. No Primo Levis there.
“Worse yet are the American Jewish leaders and politicians who support the deal. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew — an orthodox Jew, no less, who in June brilliantly reassured us there would be no significant domestic fallout from the vicissitudes of the Chinese economy (how’s that working out?) — has been a consistent flack for the administration. More recently New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler has jumped to the fore, announcing his support for the deal. From Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in The Observer:
‘Jerry Nadler has the largest Jewish constituency in the United States. In the six-and-a-half years he’s been in Congress he has never been invited to a personal meeting with President Obama. In fact, Mr. Nadler became something of a pariah in the Obama White House when, days before the 2008 general election, Mr. Nadler was caught on an open mic telling Jewish voters in Florida that Mr. Obama lacked the “political courage” to leave Rev. Wright’s church. But suddenly, with the president convinced that a deal with Iran is critical to his legacy, Mr. Nadler is being showered with love.’
“The word pathetic would be applicable were not such a reactionary and gutless decision ultimately so dangerous. I wonder how someone like Nadler sleeps. What does he think when more and more news of this “deal” surfaces, lately including the reports of secret side agreements that not even John Kerry has read — or so he says. I don’t know the level of Nadler’s education, but if he knows anything about the twentieth century, he should know that the Wannsee Conference was held in secret.”
Patrick Caddell & Douglas Schoen, Politico: “Schumer May Save the Democratic Party”
“Listening to the president you would never know that a plurality of Americans, including key parts of the Democratic party’s coalition, are opposed to the nuclear agreement. The Secure America Now (SAN) poll found 45 percent of Americans opposed the deal in July—up eight points from June—and that figure rises to 65 percent after respondents hear more details about the agreement. A more recent Fox poll shows that initial opposition has grown to 58 percent.
“In both polls, barely 50 percent of Democrats support the agreement and well over one-third oppose. A critical group of Democratic voters—African Americans—is split on the issue, while Hispanics are overwhelmingly opposed. Making matters worse, a solid majority of women and younger voters oppose the agreement too.
“Rubbing salt in these public opinion wounds, President Obama’s popularity is upside down with 52 percent of Americans rating him unfavorably. By contrast, the public views Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who opposes the nuclear deal, as favorable by a two-to-one margin. . .”
Mike Allen, Politico: “Charles Koch blasts Barack Obama”
“Charles Koch hit back at criticism of ‘the Koch brothers’ during President Barack Obama’s energy speech in Las Vegas earlier this week, saying he was “flabbergasted” by the attack and charging that Obama made the dig as a favor to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who appeared with him.
“‘It’s beneath the president, the dignity of the president, to be doing that,’ Koch said during a phone interview Tuesday.
“Koch’s blistering comments came as he and his brother David, whose conservative political network plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on the 2016 election, have spoken out more frequently in an attempt to blunt Democratic attacks on their political influence and insinuations about their motives.
“Reid has been particularly relentless, calling the Kochs ‘shadowy billionaires’ who seek to ‘rig the system to benefit themselves and the wealthiest 1 percent,’ among many other charges. At the National Clean Energy Summit at the Mandalay Bay Resort Convention Center on Monday, Obama joined the fray.. .”
Stephen Kruiser, PJM: “Are State GOP Leaders in NC and VA Conspiring to Keep Trump Off Their Primary Ballots?”
“Amid mounting concerns about Donald Trump’s candidacy from the GOP establishment, Republican leaders in at least two states have found a way to make life a lot harder for him.
“The Virginia and North Carolina parties are in discussions about implementing a new requirement for candidates to qualify for their primary ballots: that they pledge to support the Republican presidential nominee — and not run as a third-party candidate — in the general election.
“Virginia has apparently been discussing something along these lines for a couple of years now. Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s most recent monumental Republican electoral failure, is behind the idea, which should tell you everything you need to know about so many of the tired wheel-spinners running various state GOPs.
“One of the dumbest trends in politics, and especially on the Republican side, is coercing candidates to sign pledges on issues in an effort to enforce some kind of purity in the party.
“How’s that been working out for everyone?
“People aren’t sick of what Republicans do while running for office, we’re sick of what they do once they win. . .”
RCP: “Trump vs. Jorge Ramos on Birthright Citizenship, Wall, Deportation: “We’re Going To Start With the Gangs”
“Univision anchor Jorge Ramos took on Donald Trump at a press conference held by the Republican presidential candidate in Dubuque, Iowa on Tuesday evening. The two went head to head for five minutes over birthright citizenship, how Trump would build a wall, how he would deport illegal immigrants and more. Trump fought back against Ramos and attempted to get him to acknowledge crime committed by illegal immigrants. Earlier, Ramos was ejected from the presser for stepping out of turn. “Trump vs. Ramos on birthright citizenship
“DONALD TRUMP: Well, a lot of people think — no, no, excuse me. a lot of people, no, no, but a lot of people think that’s not right, that an act of congress can do it. but it’s possibly going to have to be tested in courts. but “A lot of people think that if you come and you’re on the other side of the border — I’m not talking about Mexicans. Somebody on the other side of the border. A woman is getting ready to have a baby, she crosses the border for one day, has the baby, all of a sudden for the next 80 years, hopefully longer, but for the next 80 years we have to take care of the people. “Excuse me, some of the greatest legal scholars — and I know some of the television scholars agree with you, but some of the great legal scholars agree that that’s not true. That if you come across — excuse me, just one second. “(RAMOS INTERRUPTION) “No, I am answering. If you come across for one day and you have a baby, now the baby is going to be an American citizen. There are great — excuse me. There are great legal scholars, the top, that say that’s absolutely wrong. It’s going to be tested. Okay? “Ramos asked Trump how he would erect a 1900-mile long border
“TRUMP: Very easy. I’m a builder. That’s easy. I build buildings that are 94 — “(RAMOS INTERRUPTION) “TRUMP: Can I tell you what’s more complicated? What’s more complicated is building a building that’s 95 stories tall. “Trump battles Ramos on deportation
“TRUMP: The one thing we’re going to start with immediately are the gangs, and the real bad up ones. And you do agree there are some bad ones. Do you agree or do you think everyone is just perfect? No. I asked you a question. Do you agree with that? We have tremendous crime, we have tremendous problems — I can’t deal with this. “Listen, we have tremendous crime, we have tremendously, we have some very bad ones and I you would agree with that, right? There’s a lot of bad ones. Real bad ones. Excuse me. They looked at some of the gangs in Baltimore, they looked at some of the gangs in Chicago, they looked even in Ferguson. They got some rough, illegal immigrants in those gangs. “They’re getting out. You mind if i send them out? Now, if they come from Mexico, do you mind if I send them back to Mexico. No, no, do you mind if I send them back to Mexico? Okay. Those people are out. They’ll be out so fast your head will spin.”
THE HILLARY . . .
Michael Mukasey, WSJ: “Clinton Defies the Law and Common Sense”
Does any of this apply to former presidents and their putting documents – the property of taxpayers – into “presidential” libraries? Should all White House records be put into the National Archives rather than serving as a tool for whatever political activity the former president pursues?
“. . . Let’s consider the potentially applicable criminal laws in order of severity.
“‘It is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than a year to keep “documents or materials containing classified information . . . at an unauthorized location.” Note that it is the information that is protected; the issue doesn’t turn on whether the document or materials bear a classified marking. This is the statute under which David Petraeus—former Army general and Central Intelligence Agency director—was prosecuted for keeping classified information at home. Mrs. Clinton’s holding of classified information on a personal server was a violation of that law. So is transferring that information on a thumb drive to David Kendall, her lawyer.
“Moving up the scale, the law relating to public records generally makes it a felony for anyone having custody of a ‘record or other thing’ that is ‘deposited with . . . a public officer’ to ‘remove’ or ‘destroy’ it, with a maximum penalty of three years. Emails are records, and the secretary of state is a public officer and by statute their custodian.
“The Espionage Act defines as a felony, punishable by up to 10 years, the grossly negligent loss or destruction of ‘information relating to the national defense.’ Note that at least one of the emails from the small random sample taken by the inspector general for the intelligence community contained signals intelligence and was classified top secret.
“To be sure, this particular email was turned over, but on paper rather than in its original electronic form, without the metadata that went with it. If other emails of like sensitivity are among the 30,000 Mrs. Clinton erased, that is yet more problematic. The server is now in the hands of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose forensic skills in recovering data in situations like this are unexcelled.
“The highest step in this ascending scale of criminal penalties—20 years maximum—is reached by anyone who destroys ‘any record, document or tangible object with intent to impede, obstruct or influence the proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States . . . or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter.’
“So, for example, if Mrs. Clinton caused to be wiped out emails that might have been anticipated to be of interest to a congressional committee, such conduct would come within the sweep of the statute. That, by the way, is the obstruction-of-justice statute, as revised by the Sarbanes-Oxley law, passed by Congress in 2002 while Mrs. Clinton served as a senator, and for which she voted. . .”
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “As budget stalemate drags on, GOP’s veto override plan falls short”
“As the state budget impasse rolled into its eighth week, Republican lawmakers swooped back to Harrisburg for a one-day session Tuesday with a plan to override select portions of Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the entire GOP spending plan passed in June.
“It wasn’t exactly effective.
“In fact, the constitutionally questionable strategy offered little more than political theater, looked doomed from the outset and ultimately left the state in the same place it was when the day started — without a budget in place and negotiations ongoing.
“Making good on statements from earlier in the day, Democrats withheld the necessary votes to help Republicans reach a two-thirds majority, the requirement for a veto override.
“‘This is not good government,’ state Rep. Joe Markosek, the Democratic chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said before Republicans embarked on a string of votes that would have enacted more than $3 billion in undisputed line items from the vetoed budget.
“All failed, despite Republicans placing their Democratic counterparts in the awkward position of voting against funding for rape crisis programs, domestic violence programs, higher education grants and school food services, among other items lawmakers would normally cringe to oppose. . .”
Jason Addy, PoliticsPA: “PA-BGT: The Wait Goes On”
“The floor of the PA House of Representatives felt more like a circus today, as GOP members attempted to force through budget line-item veto overrides, while Democrats argued such a move was impossible.
“Each of the override attempts failed with all members voting party line – 115 (Republicans) to 83 (Democrats). A two-thirds majority is needed to override a veto.
“Debate during the votes devolved into arguments over the constitutionality of the proceedings and ‘political stunts,’ according to Chris Comisac of Capitolwire.
“As for actual substance, Republicans argue they have given Gov. Tom Wolf concessions on education funding and their pension plan, but have seen no compromise in return. Wolf has yet to respond to a GOP offer to plow an additional $400 million into education spending which was tabled last week.
“‘I need to understand the offer. I’m still working on it,’ Wolf said leaving another fruitless meeting with GOP leaders. ‘We got some information yesterday, I asked questions today and some of the answers were there and I need to get more answers.’
“House Majority Leader Dave Reed criticized the Governor for delaying on a proposal ‘in which we’re agreeing with the Governor’s line items and putting them on the table.’
“‘At some point he’s going to actually have to accept ‘yes’ for an answer to his proposals – they are, after all, his proposals that we’re accepting and somehow he’s not accepting them now,’ Reed said.
“The budget stalemate, which began on July 1st, is approaching its third month.”
END NOTES. . .
Mark Levin Show (08/25/15)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show: It shouldn’t be controversial to compare radical Islamic extremists to German Nazis because they say and do things just like them, but apparently it is when Curt Schilling does. By suspending Schilling ESPN doesn’t care about the killing of Christians and Jews and Muslims in the Middle East, but about conforming to our excessively politically correct culture.
“Also, if people coming here illegally are living in fear, why are they coming here? If President Obama can set the precedent by granting amnesty by executive order, a Conservative president should be able to do the same thing with birthright citizenship and declare it unconstitutional once and for all. The 14th Amendment means what the writers said it meant, not what the left wants to imply it means.
“Later, the left is destroying the future for our children but always claim they’re doing the opposite. Obama says you should care about climate change if you care about the future of your kids and grandkids. The left always claims that we need to support their agenda or else we’re the ones ruining the future.”